Figures From the Past

by wjw on May 26, 2010

As most of you probably know, I began my career as an author of historical fiction. Those books are long out of print and, I assumed, long forgotten.

I’m pleased to report that one reader hasn’t forgotten. Reader/modeler Dan Thompson has created a miniature of my character Captain Favian Markham, USN, standing on the deck of his captured British frigate Macedonian.

The process of creating the diorama is amply documented on Mr. Thompson’s site, along with the creation of other fascinating and detailed models and dioramas. (I particularly liked the diorama of HMTR Thunderchild battling two Martian battle machines.)

As for Captain Markham, I must admit that I sometimes adopt this very pose when viewing the world from my own quarterdeck.

Oz May 26, 2010 at 10:52 am

….and then you completely dispel the image by calling out "HOT TUB!"


Anonymous May 26, 2010 at 3:19 pm

I, for one, will never forget your immortal line "Christ f*cking a glass of gruel," a turn of phrase I have found useful upon more than one occasion.

Blackhawk May 26, 2010 at 6:30 pm

My thanks to Walter for posting the link to my site and his kind comments about my models. I would like to note that the image of CAPT Markham seen on the screen is about twice as tall as the actual figure.

dubjay May 27, 2010 at 3:17 am

Dan, you should photograph a ruler next to one of your figures to give it a sense of scale.

Blackhawk May 27, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Yes, something to establish scale (a coin is also frequently used) is a good idea. For some reason, I seldom think of it when I'm taking pictures.

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